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Posts tagged with "Neuroscience"

  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
    Barbara K. Lipska with Elaine McArdle

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    A neuroscientist’s battle with brain cancer prompts a personal reflection on identity and the disease process

    In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Barbara Lipska shares the story of her firsthand experience with metastatic brain cancer. In doing so, she provides readers the opportunity to foster a “sense of connection with others who suffer” and to combat continued stigmatizing of mental illness. Lipska’s evolution as scientist, patient, and person explores the… Read More
  • The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality
    Wendy Hasenkamp with Janna R. White, Eds.

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    The Monastery and the Microscope

    Although, on the surface, Buddhist contemplative tradition and Western science would appear to represent divergent perspectives, a closer look at these disciplines shows that they are both deeply rooted in the intellectual pursuit of knowledge and a desire to understand the complexities of human existence through empirically verified observations. Individuals from these two sectors who… Read More
  • The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
    Abigail Marsh

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    The Fear Factor

    More than 20 years ago, the selfless act of a complete stranger affected the course of Abigail Marsh’s life. Now a social psychologist, in The Fear Factor, Marsh invites readers to join her as she explores the biology underlying extraordinary altruism. Translating technical papers into easily understood prose and incorporating personal stories, she answers the… Read More
  • Why: What Makes Us Curious
    Mario Livio

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    An inquisitive physicist delves into the psychology and neuroscience of human curiosity

    Was it really curiosity that killed the cat? In Why: What Makes Us Curious, astrophysicist Mario Livio provides the answer, although I won’t reveal it here (are you curious yet?). In the book, Livio explores curiosity by using inquisitive people, including scientists, artists, and philosophers, as anecdotal examples. He also presents ideas from psychological and… Read More
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    Robert M. Sapolsky

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    A comprehensive tome explores the biology of our behavior

    What makes our species unique is only the tip of the iceberg, while underneath sits a vast reservoir of continuity with other organisms. In Behave, Robert Sapolsky, a well-known neurobiologist and primatologist at Stanford University, ambitiously tackles the whole iceberg rather than obsessing over its little tip. Rarely does an almost 800-page book keep my… Read More
  • The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides
    Mariano Sigman

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    The Secret Life of the Mind

    The human brain is one of the most complex organs known to modern science, and many things are yet to be understood about how it shapes our identity—or how our identity can shape it. In his first book, The Secret Life of the Mind, Argentinian neuroscientist Mariano Sigman positions readers to explore the fundamentals of… Read More
  • My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond
    Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, directors

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    A new documentary offers a glimpse into the life of a neuroscience icon

    “Young lady, that brain cannot change!” a man shouted at Marian Diamond at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists in 1964. Diamond, a Berkeley-trained anatomist and one of only a handful of female speakers, had just presented research demonstrating that environmental enrichment can alter the structure of the adult rat brain, a… Read More
  • Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us
    Sara E. Gorman, Jack M. Gorman

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    Combating medical science denial

    When Thomas Duncan died from Ebola in a Dallas hospital on 8 October 2014, Americans panicked: calling off work, avoiding public transit, closing businesses and schools. In their new book, Denying to the Grave, authors Sara Gorman and Jack Gorman introduce the concept of medical science denial by demonstrating how the actual risk of contracting… Read More
  • Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
    Luke Dittrich

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    An intimate portrait of a famous amnesiac is also a tale of personal grievances

    Stories are made, not discovered, and journalist Luke Dittrich is a master of his craft. In Patient H.M., Dittrich stitches a history of memory science with the golden thread of his own family drama—a thread that frays at the end into personal vendetta. The book is an intricately plotted story of “heroes and villains” orbiting… Read More
  • States of Mind Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
    Emily Sargent

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    Waking dreams

    Dead or alive, asleep or awake, focused or drifting. Consciousness switches on, flickers to the wanderings of the mind, rests, and extinguishes. The borders of sentience are the subject of a compact educational exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London entitled States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness. Artists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers contribute… Read More